Top Pet-Friendly Camping near Arrington, VA

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Best Pet-Friendly Camping Sites Near Arrington, VA (73)

    Camper-submitted photo from Canoe Landing Group Campsite — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Canoe Landing Group Campsite — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Canoe Landing Group Campsite — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Canoe Landing Group Campsite — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Canoe Landing Group Campsite — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Canoe Landing Group Campsite — James River State Park

    1.

    Canoe Landing Group Campsite — James River State Park

    28 Reviews
    90 Photos
    1 Save
    Greenway, Virginia

    Canoe Landing Group Campsite (one primitive site) - There's a group site near the canoe landing. The site accommodates up to 42 people - no hookups, tents only. It's near a restroom and features a fire ring with a flip grill, picnic tables and a pedestal grill. There's a $30 fee for canceling a group-camping reservation.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Picnic Table

    $15 - $80 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Devil’s Backbone Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Devil’s Backbone Camp
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    Camper-submitted photo from Devil’s Backbone Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Devil’s Backbone Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Devil’s Backbone Camp

    2.

    Devil’s Backbone Camp

    31 Reviews
    99 Photos
    268 Saves
    Nellysford, Virginia

    Devils Backbone Camp is a 73 site campground featuring full hook up RV sites, standard, non-electric RV sites and tent camping. Within walking distance to the Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows, Devils Backbone Camp offers you a unique camping experience like no other. Spend the afternoon hiking on the AT trail, grab dinner at the brewpub, and play corn hole in the Meadows. Experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the comfort of Devils Backbone.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $55 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sherando Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sherando Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sherando Lake Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Sherando Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sherando Lake Campground

    3.

    Sherando Lake Campground

    33 Reviews
    171 Photos
    312 Saves
    Tyro, Virginia

    Overview

    Sherando Lake Recreation Area's Family Campground provides an ideal camping destination. It is situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known locally as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where visitors enjoy hiking, picnicking in the shade, fishing in the lakes, or swimming and relaxing on the sandy beach.

    Recreation

    The 25 acre Lower Lake offers opportunities for swimming in a designated area with a sand beach, accessible ramp to the water's edge, and a beach bathhouse with changing and shower facilities. Fishing and boating are also available outside the designated swimming area of the lake. Fishing is in stocked trout waters during the spring and fall seasons. Visitors will need to have the appropriate Virginia fishing license, National Forest stamp, and trout stamp. Boats with gasoline motors are not permitted on the lower lake - electric troll motors, canoes, kayaks, or similar boats only. A hand-carry ramp is available for access to the lake adjacent to the parking area. Fishing only is available at the 7 acre Upper Lake. This lake is also stocked during the spring and fall seasons and the appropriate licenses are required. Boats are allowed, but there is no launch access - hand carry only. Parking is available at a small area below the group camp area and a walking trail will lead you to the lake. Swimming is not allowed in the upper lake. Hiking trails surround the area offering everything from a short walk around the lake on the Lakeside and Cliff Trails to a day hike up the mountain on the White Rock Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. For the more adventurous hiker, more challenging day hikes and backpacking trips are available by heading up the Blue Loop Trail to the Torry Ridge Trail to Bald Mountain and beyond.

    Facilities

    The 25 acre Lower Lake offers opportunities for swimming in a designated area with a sand beach, accessible ramp to the water's edge, and a beach bathhouse with changing and shower facilities. Fishing and boating are also available outside the designated swimming area of the lake. Fishing is in stocked trout waters during the spring and fall seasons. Visitors will need to have the appropriate Virginia fishing license, National Forest stamp, and trout stamp. Boats with gasoline motors are not permitted on the lower lake - electric troll motors, canoes, kayaks, or similar boats only. A hand-carry ramp is available for access to the lake adjacent to the parking area. Fishing only is available at the 7 acre Upper Lake. This lake is also stocked during the spring and fall seasons and the appropriate licenses are required. Boats are allowed, but there is no launch access - hand carry only. Parking is available at a small area below the group camp area and a walking trail will lead you to the lake. Swimming is not allowed in the upper lake. Hiking trails surround the area offering everything from a short walk around the lake on the Lakeside and Cliff Trails to a day hike up the mountain on the White Rock Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. For the more adventurous hiker, more challenging day hikes and backpacking trips are available by heading up the Blue Loop Trail to the Torry Ridge Trail to Bald Mountain and beyond.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits between Lower Sherando Lake and Upper Sherando Lake at an elevation of about 1,800 feet in the shadows of Torry Ridge. The Upper Lake is 7 acres and is fed by the waters of the North Fork of Back Creek. The Lower Lake is 25 acres and is fed by springs, the North Fork of Back Creek, and Williams Branch, so the water stays refreshingly cool all summer long.

    Nearby Attractions

    There are opportunities for gas, groceries, and firewood at convenience stores and local vendors along the state road to Sherando Lake. Ice can be purchased at the Sherando Lake Visitor Center during operating hours, which vary seasonally. Additional supplies can be obtained in Stuarts Draft, about a 15 minute drive away.The Blue Ridge Parkway, with its scenic overlooks and ridgetop views, is a short 3 mile drive up State Route 664 from the Sherando Lake entrance. The Wintergreen Resort offers a golf course and ski area within 10 miles of Sherando Lake. Cabin rentals are available near Sherando Lake from local private vendors.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $32 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Misty Mountain Camp Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Misty Mountain Camp Resort
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    Camper-submitted photo from Misty Mountain Camp Resort
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    Camper-submitted photo from Misty Mountain Camp Resort

    4.

    Misty Mountain Camp Resort

    36 Reviews
    55 Photos
    239 Saves
    Crozet, Virginia

    Misty Mountain Camp Resort offers a delightful, relaxing vacation at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains near historic Charlottesville, Virginia. Whether you're looking for a private getaway, a group gathering, or fun with the kids, Misty Mountain Camp Resort is sure to meet your needs. Our scenic 50 acre park provides private sites nestled in the trees and a large recreational building with banquet seating to accommodate any large group.

    Explore nature trails, splash in our pool, sit by the creek, fish in our pond, play at several playgrounds, climb our hills, shoot hoops and spike the volleyball or pitch horseshoes, take a hayride, enjoy live music and dances, shop at our General Store, shoot pool and play video games, relax in solitude or join with new friends - the choice is yours and it's all at Misty Mountain Camp Resort!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Red Oak Campground — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Oak Campground — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Oak Campground — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Oak Campground — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Oak Campground — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Oak Campground — James River State Park

    5.

    Red Oak Campground — James River State Park

    16 Reviews
    91 Photos
    5 Saves
    Greenway, Virginia

    Red Oak Campground (30 sites, RedOakEW40ft)

    Electric and water hookups; the sites are shaded and can accommodate various equipment (tents, pop-ups and RVs) up to 40 feet. The sites have large tent pads and wide driveways for bump-outs.

    All sites have electric pedestals, which have 20, 30 and 50 AMP outlets. Campsites have fire-ring grills, one picnic table and a lantern hanger. Full-service bathhouse with hot showers and wash sink for dishes; the bathhouse has four unisex showers, one of which is universally accessible. Coin laundry facility, two washers and dryers Showers are for campers only

    All equipment must be set up within site borders. Tent pads are about 15 by 24 feet.

    Two vehicles are allowed per campsite. A parking fee is charged for additional vehicles, which must park in designated areas. Guests visiting campers must pay a daily parking fee, park in designated areas and leave by 10 p.m.

    A dump station is free for overnight camping guests; non-overnight guests must pay a small fee to use the dump station.

    A boat launch is free for overnight guests.

    Firewood is available for a small fee; fire starters are available at the contact station and visitor center.

    Keep pets on a leash no longer than six feet when outside, and keep pets inside at night.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Firewood Available

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Crabtree Falls Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Crabtree Falls Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Crabtree Falls Campground

    6.

    Crabtree Falls Campground

    20 Reviews
    51 Photos
    496 Saves
    Montebello, Virginia

    Welcome to Crabtree Falls Campground, a gem nestled near Tyro, VA. This spot is perfect for those who crave a mix of tranquility and adventure. The campground is known for its serene creekside sites, where the soothing sounds of flowing water create a calming atmosphere. While these sites don't have electric or water hookups, the trade-off is worth it for the peace and beauty they offer.

    One of the standout features here is the friendly and accommodating host, who goes out of their way to ensure campers have a pleasant stay. The campground also has a small market, so if you forget any essentials, you can easily pick them up on-site. Pets are welcome, making it a great spot for families who want to bring their furry friends along.

    For those who prefer a bit more comfort, there are RV sites with full hookups available. Just be aware that maneuvering larger rigs might be a bit tricky, but manageable with some patience. The bathhouses are functional, though some visitors have noted they could use a bit of sprucing up.

    The nearby Crabtree Falls is a must-see, offering one of the best waterfall hikes in the southeast. The trail is accessible and provides stunning views, especially in the fall. It's a short trip from the campground, making it easy to explore without straying too far from your base.

    Whether you're here for the hiking, the peaceful creekside camping, or just to disconnect from the hustle and bustle, Crabtree Falls Campground offers a little slice of nature's paradise.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $28 - $55 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Loft Mountain Campground — Shenandoah National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Loft Mountain Campground — Shenandoah National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Loft Mountain Campground — Shenandoah National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Loft Mountain Campground — Shenandoah National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Loft Mountain Campground — Shenandoah National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Loft Mountain Campground — Shenandoah National Park

    7.

    Loft Mountain Campground — Shenandoah National Park

    61 Reviews
    221 Photos
    547 Saves
    Dyke, Virginia

    Overview

    Perched on top of Big Flat Mountain, this is one of the largest campgrounds in the park. Loft Mountain is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, providing a wilderness getaway in the historic Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.

    Recreation

    Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or lookout, while others wind deep into the forest and wilderness. Trails to the Big Run Wilderness area are accessible from the campground, and pristine waterfalls are a common site along the popular trails. Wildlife viewing is also a popular pastime, with black bears, wild turkey, deer, birds and countless other animals abundant across the park. The campground is located right off of Milepost 80 on the famous Skyline Drive, which runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stunning views are available from any of the 75 scenic overlooks.

    Facilities

    Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or lookout, while others wind deep into the forest and wilderness. Trails to the Big Run Wilderness area are accessible from the campground, and pristine waterfalls are a common site along the popular trails. Wildlife viewing is also a popular pastime, with black bears, wild turkey, deer, birds and countless other animals abundant across the park. The campground is located right off of Milepost 80 on the famous Skyline Drive, which runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stunning views are available from any of the 75 scenic overlooks.

    Natural Features

    Shenandoah National Park includes 300 square miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the southern Appalachians. The park rises above the Virginia Piedmont to its east and the Shenandoah Valley to its west. Loft Mountain's location on the mountain top offers easy access to Skyline Drive which offers sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding rolling hills and open meadows.

    Nearby Attractions

    Two visitor centers with bookstores and exhibits are located in the park (milepost 5 and milepost 51). There are concession managed restaurants, gift shops and lodging facilities scattered throughout the park.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Changing Reservations: __ There is no change fee if a visitor extends or shortens a reservation, as long as the change includes dates from the original reservation. Additionally, there is no change fee if the visitor wants to switch sites that are the same price with the same reservation dates in the same facility.____ If a visitor wants to switch dates that are entirely outside of the original reservation dates, there is a $10 change fee.____ If a reservation is made that includes dates beyond the maximum booking window, that reservation cannot be changed until 18 days have passed from the original booking date.____ Once a reservation date has begun, visitors cannot change a reservation using the online system or through the Call Center. Onsite staff will assist with changes or cancellations.______ Cancellations: __ Visitors may cancel their reservation prior to arrival both on-line and through the call center. A $10 service fee will be withheld from any refund for a cancellation.____ A visitor who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's approved rate including tax and applicable add-on. Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee.____ Visitors who cancel a group overnight facility reservation less than 14 days prior to arrival date will pay a $10 service fee AND forfeit the first night___s rate.______ No-Shows: __ A no-show visitor is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date.____ No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's rate, taxes and applicable add-on for a campsite.______ Early Departures: __ Visitors are requested to notify staff at the facility if they depart early to allow others to use the site.____ If the visitor chooses to depart early, they may forfeit the approved rate and applicable tax and applicable add-on for the day of departure. If a visitor departs prior to the scheduled check-out date, they may be eligible for a partial refund. Visitors may notify the Recreation.gov call center to request a refund of remaining unused nights. If a visitor requests a refund for an early departure after the facility check-out time (12 noon) has passed, the visitor will not be refunded for that night and is eligible for a refund on any additional nights that will not be used.______ Refunds: __ Visitors may submit a refund request through their Recreation.gov profile within 7 days of the end date of their reservation. Visitors may also initiate a refund request through the call center at any time after their reservation has ended.____ Refunds for debit or credit card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank or credit card used to pay.____ For check or cash purchases, Recreation.gov will mail a Treasury check for refunds of cash, check, or money order payments to the address associated with the reservation. Treasury check refunds may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive.____ In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team or facility manager will refund all fees and will attempt to notify you using the contact information within the Recreation.gov visitor profile.__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Grove — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Grove — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Grove — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Grove — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Grove — James River State Park
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    8.

    Walnut Grove — James River State Park

    11 Reviews
    38 Photos
    4 Saves
    Greenway, Virginia

    Camping reservations are highly recommended, and all campgrounds are site-specific - call 1-800-933-7275. The park has five campgrounds. Three of them, Branch Pond, Walnut Grove and Canoe Landing, are open year-round for primitive camping. There are primitive restrooms at those campgrounds. Drinking water is unavailable in the primitive campgrounds, but potable water is available at five of the six picnic shelters. Canoe Landing is the only campground on the river. Please note that primitive sites do not have electricity.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets

    $15 - $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA
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    9.

    Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA

    28 Reviews
    111 Photos
    138 Saves
    Natural Bridge, Virginia

    Welcome to the Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA, a year-round campground nestled near the charming town of Natural Bridge, VA. This spot is a favorite among campers for its cleanliness and friendly staff. Whether you're pitching a tent, parking an RV, or looking for a cozy cabin, this place has got you covered.

    One of the standout features here is the full range of hookups available, including electric, water, and sewer. If you're traveling with a big rig, you'll appreciate the easy pull-through sites, some of which come with patios. The campground also offers amenities like a small swimming pool, a game room, and a playground that kids absolutely love. Plus, there's a market on-site for any last-minute supplies you might need.

    For those traveling with pets, you'll be pleased to know that this campground is pet-friendly and even has a small dog park. And if you're into a bit of adventure, the nearby Safari Park is a must-visit. It's right next door and offers a unique experience that's fun for all ages.

    Visitors have mentioned that the WiFi is decent for basic browsing and posting, though streaming might be a bit of a challenge due to the remote location. The campground is shaded and has a pleasant atmosphere, although you might hear some road traffic at night.

    Overall, the Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA is a fantastic spot for a short stay or a stopover on your way to other destinations. With its friendly vibe, great amenities, and convenient location, it's no wonder campers keep coming back.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Branch Pond — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Branch Pond — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Branch Pond — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Branch Pond — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Branch Pond — James River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Branch Pond — James River State Park

    10.

    Branch Pond — James River State Park

    9 Reviews
    32 Photos
    1 Save
    Greenway, Virginia

    Camping reservations are highly recommended, and all campgrounds are site-specific - call 1-800-933-7275. The park has five campgrounds. Three of them, Branch Pond, Walnut Grove and Canoe Landing, are open year-round for primitive camping. There are primitive restrooms at those campgrounds. Drinking water is unavailable in the primitive campgrounds, but potable water is available at five of the six picnic shelters. Canoe Landing is the only campground on the river. Please note that primitive sites do not have electricity.

    Branch Pond - Seven primitive sites in a wooded area about two miles from the river (BranchPondPrimTent). Tents only. Each site has a tent pad.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    • Picnic Table

    $15 - $18 / night

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